Disciple, Greek, mathetes, literally is a learner. It signifies a pupil, follower, supporter and imitator of their teacher. The root word shows thought accompanied by effort. The main idea of discipleship involves learning and fulfilling Christs teachings. We must not abandon this fundamental duty. Many issues are timely and proper but they are ultimately secondary.OK, whats my point? Its obvious by their newly self-described unscriptural function that these new apostles are not disciples of Jesus Christ. They are not being responsible members of the body of Christ. Responsibility is always accompanied by authority, and vice versa. They are exercising irresponsible authority, which by that definition is not authority at all. They are not providing healthy substance for the body of Christ by their aberrant doctrines. This is weakening the church.
Every member of the body, the universal church of Jesus Christ, is a living stone in the temple of God. Each member is responsible for the standard of their individual temple. We need healthy substance for growth, strength and stature of the body of Christ. We cannot build a strong church with corrupted, inactive and fragmented materials.
Central to discipleship of Christ is the necessity to flood ourselves with His thoughts. We must learn of Him and do as He did in our words and deeds. Jesus is the only perfect human to walk this earth. He alone is our model. Lazy hearers of the words of Christ are many and known by their offensive fruit. The body of Christ must not display attitudes, attributes and actions contrary to the character of Jesus. By wrongly influencing multitudes of church members, we pervert and profane the foundational principles of Christianity.
Mans consistent misbehavior has been well documented: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Thoughts and imaginations proceeding from the heart of man cause corruption and imperfection, creating evil. The Apostle Paul addressed this issue: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (II Corinthians 10:3-5).
This verse pertains to Pauls authority as an apostle called by the Lord Jesus Christ. A rough paraphrase would reveal that Paul is saying: For though we (emphatically, referring to apostles) live in the flesh, we apostles (emphatic) are not contending with carnality by using fleshly opposition. (For the offensive weapons of our warfare against the flesh in an apostolic ministry are not fleshly. They are powerful and capable through God to the destruction of arguments held on to with human confidence.) In this manner we demolish intellectual reasonings and lower every barrier risen against the progressive search for knowledge of God. We take every thought captive to submissively obey Christ.
Someone has said that to truly understand the total holiness of God you must first understand the total depravity of fallen man. The opposite is also true, that to understand the depravity of fallen man you must first understand the holiness of God.
We are discussing fundamentals in this first chapter and working toward laying a firm foundation. Often, when a new building goes up, the first step in laying a new, firm foundation is to demolish the old one. Sometimes, we must forcibly restructure the ground.
Using the intent of Pauls logic, we will attempt to destroy arguments and demolish intellectual reasonings. They are held on to with human confidence, not a search for knowledge of God.
The beginning of this chapter will try to explain the total depravity of fallen man. This part of the chapter may appear negative. Nevertheless, it is an effort to lower every barrier raised up against the progressive search for knowledge of God. We hope you will take every thought captive to submissively obey Christ.
James, chapters three and four, and Titus 3:2-7 instruct us not to judge fleshly weaknesses, as we all have the same problems. We are not to judge opinions, observances of days or what is eaten. We are not to be a stumblingblock, but are to use our strength (in the Lord) to bear up those who are weak (Romans 14-15:13see also John 7:24; 8:15; I Corinthians 8-11:1; Colossians 2:16; Galatians 6:1-10). We are not to judge prematurely the counsels of the hearts (i.e., motives or purposes) of anothers ministry. When the Lord comes He will bring to light the hidden things ... (I Corinthians 4:1-7see also I Corinthians 2:15,16).I wish that I could say that this search for something new has resulted in a syncretism of various religious ideas. However, the truth is that there really is nothing new about it. They are simply old recycled, rehashed, refuted errors in doctrine that have persistently crept back into mainline Christianity for many centuries. And have been renounced by saints who have contended for the faith once delivered to the saints. Sometimes with their lives.
I Corinthians 5 is clear that we are not to judge those in the world. However, we are to judge the effects of fellow believers on the body (see also II Corinthians 2:5-11; 7:8-12).
[Those who do not believe on Jesus are judged (John 3:17,18, where krino is translated condemn(ed) and verse 19 states the reason. Jesus did not come into the world to judge the world, but to save it (John 3:17; 12:47). The Father does not now actively judge but has placed that task into the hands of Jesus (Acts 17:31Psalms 9:8; 96:13; 98:9), Who has stated that His Word will judge (John 5:22-27; 12:47-50). The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds us of His Words (John 14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:7,13). Therefore final judgment exercised after the second coming of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:22-30; 8:26; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Romans 2:16; 14:9-12; I Corinthians 4:5; II Timothy 4:1; I Peter 4:5; Revelation 20:11-15) will be according to His Word].
We are also to judge between the brethren (I Corinthians 6:1-8see also Matthew 19:28, Luke 22:25-30) and are to judge carefully and intelligently (Acts 4:19; 15:19 (where krino is translated sentence); 16:4 (where krino is translated ordained); 16:15; 21:25 (where krino is translated concluded); I Corinthians 7:37 (where krino is translated decreed); 10;15; 11:13,31; 14:29).
In the light of these scriptures Jesus statement makes it clear the purpose, motivation and goal of your judgments is the measure you have meted out. It will determine how you will be judged. We are to exercise, as far as humanly possible, the attributes of Gods conscience in using Godly wisdom to arrive at judgments of justice.
Americans religious faith in self and church, not Christ. Americans religious faith is in self and church, not Christ, the Bible or God as biblically illiterate people obey flesh strongholds not the Holy Spirit.